Gas leaseholders may send copies to Yaw’s office for review by AG

Leaseholders who think they haven’t gotten correct royalty payments from natural gas companies may send copies of their leases, addendums and records of payment to the Harrisburg office of state Sen. Gene Yaw, R-Loyalsock Township.

“This information is valuable to state attorney general (Kathleen Kane) as she thoroughly reviews the complaints,” Yaw said.

The office responded to a letter from Yaw and others complaining of gas companies taking exorbitant post-production costs from his constituents’ royalty payments.

The attorney general office stated in a letter to Yaw, “We have also received numerous complaints from citizens located in the Marcellus Shale region, including your district, regarding royalty payments. Your letter and the complaints have been forwarded to the Antitrust Section of the Office for a response.”

Yaw is asking affected leaseholders to email him at or mail the information to his Harrisburg office at: Senate Box 203023, State Capitol Building, Harrisburg, PA 17120.

“I appreciate Attorney General Kane taking these additional steps in reviewing complaints from my constituents,” Yaw said.

Yaw noted in his February letter that thousands of contracts have been executed between gas companies and landowners in his Senate district.

“With no background in the oil and gas industry, local Pennsylvanians became consumers relying on the representations of landmen working for the gas companies,” Yaw said.

Over the past year, a serious issue has arisen between the contract language regarding post production costs, the representations made by the landmen and the Guaranteed Minimum Royalty Act, he said.